Hillis played two seasons for Denver and two for Cleveland. His best season happened in 2010 for the Browns, whose offensive coordinator was Brian Daboll. Daboll recently became the coordinator for the Chiefs.
Hillis rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2010 and also caught 61 passes. Bothered by injuries last season, he played in only 10 games and ran for 587 yards.
RT ERIC WINSTON – The big blocker turns 29 in November and is going into his seventh NFL season. A Texas native, Winston played at Robert E Lee High School in Midland, and then went off to college at the University of Miami. Started his college career as a tight end, but was moved by the Hurricanes coaching staff to tackle before his sophomore season. He was selected in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Texans. At 6-7, 317 pounds, he’s played in 94 games for the Texans with 88 starts. Winston was released on Monday when he failed the Texans physical due to an ankle injury. He underwent surgery back in January and is not fully healed.
The Chiefs (who are also visiting with Houston right tackle Eric Winston and Seattle tight end John Carlson) reportedly are visiting with Peyton Hillis. He could have an advantage in Kansas City over Tolbert because he played for new Kansas City offensive coordinator Brian Daboll in Cleveland and excelled under Daboll in 2010.
However, Tolbert is no slouch. He is an outstanding power runner, who is also good as a blocker, receiver and on special teams. Both Hillis and Tolbert would be a bigger option to pair with the speedy Jamaal Charles.
His colleagues in the League of Ponderous Sports Writers are going to fine him 20 bucks for inexplicably leaving out Willie Mays Staggering Under Fly Balls With the Mets. But more to the point, let’s note in this litany of tragic twilight figures that Joe Montana, at age 37, took the Kansas City Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game. And before our absurd hopes sent Wade Boggs to Tampa Bay (to collect his 3,000th hit), they first sent him—at age 35, coming off a .259 batting average—to the Yankees, where he batted .313 and won a World Series ring.